Saudi Arabia allows women to attend soccer match

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Al Ahli take on Al Batin in the Saudi Pro League, which will be the first game that a woman can watch from inside the King Abdullah Sports City stadium.

Women joined male spectators on Friday at the domestic soccer league match in the western city of Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen as the driving force behind the reforms.

One woman described it as a great experience, completely unlike watching at home.


Saudi Arabia, which was the only nation around the globe to prohibit female drivers, a year ago also permitted women to drive in the nation. The structure of the stadium accommodated the segregation with women-only auto parks and separate entrances for the female spectators.

The so-called "family sections" were created to keep women separated from the male-only crowds, while the stadium was also fitted with female prayer areas and restrooms.

The Saudi General Sports Authority made a statement that it is ready to make all the compulsory preparations to generate an attractive sports ambiance for families and to make sure their privacy.

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